Benefits of carpet
Provides Warmth and Comfort
Carpet provides actual thermal resistance, or R-value. In colder climates or seasons, it retains warm air longer, an energy conservation benefit. Carpet also provides a comfortable place to sit, play or work and gives a room an overall warmer feeling.
Adds Beauty and Style
You can choose from many thousands of carpet styles and colors. That means your ultimate choice will reflect how you want to personalize your living space. Carpet can be a neutral foundation, or it can be a focal point with vibrant colors and stronger bolder patterns and textures.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
New carpet is the lowest VOC-emitting flooring choice available. It actually acts as a passive air filter, trapping dust, pollen and other particles and removing them from the breathing zone. Studies have shown that people with asthma and allergy problems have seen symptoms improve with carpet.
Softens Slips and Falls
Carpet is ideal for cushioning our footsteps, reducing slips and falls and minimizing injuries when falls do occur. Carpet provides safety protection for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals.
Big screen TVs, speaker phones, computers and modern sound systems make our homes noisy places. Carpet helps absorb these sounds. Adding a quality underlay beneath your carpet reduces noise even further. Carpet also works as a sound barrier between floors by helping to block sound transmission to rooms below.. in addition to this carpet on stairs helps mask the sound of constant foot traffic.
Types of Carpet:
Carpet is constructed in several different ways, and from a variety of fibres. Understanding the strengths and difference of each will help you make the right choices for your lifestyle and budget.
- Cut Pile: Still one of today’s most popular constructions, cut pile achieves its durability through the type of fibre used, density of tufts and the amount of twist in the yarn. Highly twisted yarn will hold its shape longer, making it a smart choice for high-traffic areas.
- Textured Plush – Most decoratively versatile. Textured surfaces help hide footprints and vacuum marks. Add causal beauty to any room. Preferred style for busy households. A great “whole-house” carpet.
- Saxony – Refined surface. Works well with traditional interiors. Ideal for living and dining rooms.
- Friezé – Forms a “curly” textured surface because yarns are extremely twisted. Has an informal look. Helps minimize footprints and vacuum marks.
- Plush (Velvet) – Has a dense luxurious feel. Shows footprints and vacuum marks easily. Best for low traffic areas and formal rooms.
- Loop Pile: Here loops are the same height, creating an informal look. This style generally lasts a long time in high-traffic areas. Many of today’s popular Berber styles are level loop styles with flecks of a darker colour on a lighter background. This is a good choice for contemporary to cottage furnishings.
- Multi-level loop pile: This style usually has two to three different loop heights to create pattern effects, providing good durability and a more casual look.
- Cut-loop pile: This carpet style combines cut and looped yarns. It provides variety of surface textures, including sculptured effects of squares, chevrons and swirls. The multicolour effects hide soil and stains.
Understanding Carpet Fibres
To get the best performance and most enjoyment out of your carpet it’s essential to select a carpet fibre that fits your needs. The majority of the carpet produced contains one of five primary pile fibres: nylon, polyester, polypropylene (olefin), triexta and wool. Synthetic fibres represent the vast majority of the material used to manufacture carpet. Each fibre type offers somewhat different attributes of durability, abrasion resistance, texture retention, stain and soil resistance, colourfastness, ease of cleaning and colour clarity. Manufacturers, retailers, specifiers, and designers are valuable resources in helping you determine the most appropriate fibre and carpet construction for your needs.
Carpet Keeps Allergens Out of the Air
There is a misconception that asthma and allergy sufferers should avoid carpet. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that carpet actually improves indoor air quality. It acts like a trap, keeping dust and allergens out of the air we breathe. Simply put, what falls to the carpet (dust, pet dander and many other particles) tends to stay trapped until it is removed through vacuuming or extraction cleaning. Smooth floor surfaces allow dust and other allergens to re-circulate into the breathing zone